Dharmendra Pradhan
Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan is seen with Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal during a review meeting on Baghjan fire. Image credit - Twitter

Union Petroleum and Natural Minister Gas Dharmendra Pradhan will visit Baghjan oil blowout site on Sunday to take stock of the ongoing operation to stop the blaze.

Pradhan will be accompanied by Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal during his visit to the site.

Union minister Pradhan has already arrived in Guwahati.

The Baghjan 5 oil well blowout has affected the biodiversity in the region.

Hundreds of people in the Baghjan area have left their homes to save themselves from the blaze.

More than 50 houses were damaged due to the massive fire.

Meanwhile, the Union Petroleum Ministry has constituted a three-member high-level committee to investigate the fire incident.

On Saturday, Assam agriculture minister Atul Bora went to Baghjan to take stock of the ongoing operation to control fire.

But the minister faced massive protests from an irate mob which assembled at Baghjan area to raise voice against the government’s failure to control the fire.

Union minister Pradhan along with chief minister Sonowal and finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in Guwahati on Saturday jointly reviewed the ongoing efforts to control the gas well fire at Baghjan.

Experts from Oil India Limited, ONGC and Crisis Management Team briefed in detail the steps being taken to bring the blaze under control during the review meeting.

The review meeting was also joined by Assam industries & commerce minister Chandra Mohan Patowary from Tinsukia and his team who are assessing the ground situation in Baghjan.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com